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Rome: Architecture at the Time of Mussolini’s Fascism

1. Rome: Architecture at the Time of Mussolini’s Fascism

This unique bus and walking architecture tour will allow you to explore the obscure district of Esposizione Universale Roma (EUR). Originally chosen in the 1930s as the site for the 1942 World Fair, Mussolini's building project in Esposizione Universale Roma (EUR) included an architectural style that was truly the first of its kind. Rational Architecture was defined by its modern, exaggerated and authoritarian structures using the same type of stone as the Colosseum.  Unfortunately, the onset of WW II prevented the World Fair from actually happening, but you can still see the architecture, now a symbol of this Fascist period of Italy. An undiscovered neighborhood with buildings so unique, they stand out from the rest of Rome. The first stop on this Rome architecture tour by bus will be Foro Italico (formerly Foro Mussolini), a massive sports complex located just north of the city center. Built between 1928 and 1939 and inspired by the Roman forums of the Imperial era, it is here that you can find the obelisk for Mussolini, Stadio dei Marmi (Stadium of the Marbles). Examine famous buildings and urban spaces such as the Bassorilievo Palazzo Uffici (the first building to be completed in this new district in 1939), Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (the Square Colosseum) synonymous with EUR and this period in general and Via Cristoforo Colombo, the street that links Ostia to the historic center. After discovering EUR, a neighborhood frozen in time and now the symbol of the dark past that was fascist Rome, it will be time to return to the city center so you can compare the two drastically different styles of architecture and periods of Rome's vast history. Now back to Rome city center, you will pass by Piazza Venezia (Altare della Patria) and Vittorio Emanuele II Monument - the central hub of the Eternal City. You will then pass by Palazzo Venezia, the balcony made famous for many of Mussolini’s speeches during WW II. Walk along Via dei Fori Imperiali, the road that runs from Piazza Venezia straight to the Colosseum. Wander amongst the ruins of the ancient Roman Forum as you make your way towards the most recognizable monument in all of Italy, and perhaps the world. The perfect way to end this architecture sightseeing tour in Rome, allowing you to travel through time.

Rome: Jewish Ghetto Guided Walking Tour

2. Rome: Jewish Ghetto Guided Walking Tour

Go in search of Europe's oldest Jewish community accompanied by a professional guide and learn about the fascinating and tragic history of the Jewish Ghetto in Rome. Join your guide as you stroll through the narrow lanes of the remaining parts of the old Ghetto around Portico d’Ottavia. Retrace the history of the Jewish people in the city, from ancient times to the modern-day. Hear the tragic tale of how the Roman Jews were rounded up in the Ghetto to be sent to Auschwitz and see the brass cobblestones installed as a memorial to the Holocaust victims. Learn about Roman-Jewish cuisine and take the opportunity to sample traditional foods such as fried artichokes or an authentic sour cherry cake. Finally, admire the Great Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Rome and one of the largest in Europe. End your tour in Piazza Mattei at the Turtle Fountain.

Rome: Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

3. Rome: Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

Discover the beauty of one of Rome’s most well-kept secrets, the neighborhood of the Jewish Ghetto. Meet your friendly and professional tour guide at the steps of the Campidoglio in the center of Rome and begin your journey into the history of one of Rome’s oldest neighborhoods. Explore architecture and neighborhoods from 2000 years ago. Pass by the Theater of Marcellus, and the Portico d’Ottavia to see some of the ancient structures still being used today. Your guide will take you to a Gelateria where you will be treated to homemade Kosher gelato. From here you will go to Piazza Mattei and see the famous Turtle Fountain. Then pass by the last remaining piece of the wall that kept the Jewish community in this area for centuries. You will learn about the tumultuous past and resilience of Rome’s Jews as you pass the Great Synagogue. Next, cross the oldest functioning bridge in Rome as you go onto Tiber Island. Listen to the stories about the hospital saving people during WWII as well as the story of Asclepius at the temple, now a church. Your guide will bring history to life for you as you conclude your tour here on the island.

Rome Off-the-Beaten Path 3.5-hour Walking Tour

4. Rome Off-the-Beaten Path 3.5-hour Walking Tour

Your 3.5-hour tour begins in Rome’s Jewish Ghetto, one of the most important, but greatly ignored neighborhoods in the city. With roots dating back to the mid-16th century, the area was integral to the development of Roman culture and cuisine, and home to important landmarks such as the Teatro Marcello, which is also known as the Jewish Colosseum. Next, you’ll make quick stops at the famous Mouth of Truth (stick your hand in and tell a lie if you dare). Then you’ll leave the city proper in search of the Appian Way, the most frequented thoroughfare of ancient Rome. Walk along the original paving stones as your expert guide tells you stories about the thriving Empire. From the veneration of Emperor Augustus to the crucifixion of Spartacus, this road played a central role in many of Rome’s greatest events. Your trip outside the walls will take you past the Park of the Aqueducts. Marvel at the giant structures that once provided Rome with fresh running water on demand. Afterwards, head off the beaten path to to Tiber Island, the boat-shaped island which has connected both sides of the Tiber River since antiquity. Onwards, experience some of the lesser-known spots in bohemian Trastevere, starting with a visit and tasting at a historical bakery. Pop into the church of Santa Cecilia, a magnificent complex built upon a 5th-century Basilica, before heading to Testaccio Market, where you'll try a typical roman pasta with a soft drink included.

From Rome: Full-Day Montecassino Abbey & WW 2 Battlefields

5. From Rome: Full-Day Montecassino Abbey & WW 2 Battlefields

Begin the tour with a pickup from your accommodation in Rome by an air-conditioned comfortable vehicle and professional English-speaking driver. Start your 1.5-hour drive to Montecassino, observing the landscape as you go. Upon your arrival, meet your tour guide and begin a tour of the Abbey of Montecassino, one of the most well-known Abbeys in the world (admission not included). Continue to the Polish War Cemetery. Construction of Polish War Cemetery began in 1944, after the end of hostilities, and was finished in 1946. However, the official consecration took place on 1 September 1945 during a multi-faith celebration conducted according to the rites of the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Jewish faiths, attended by representatives of the Polish Government-in-Exile and Allied Command. Visit the Cassino Memorial, the Commonwealth War Cemetery for various military groups and nationalities who are held in high esteem by the local people. Learn about New Zealand, the US, the UK, France, and so many others who helped to free Italy from the grip of the Third Reich. Move on to the village of Sant'Angelo, the battlefield of the Rapido River, the Freedom Bell near that site. Head to your last stop, the village of San Pietro that was destroyed in late 1943 by fighting between the advancing U.S. forces seeking to break the Winter Line and the defending German troops. In San Pietro, see the Parco Della Memoria Storica (History Memorial Park) that contains the ruins of the village, still laying as they were at the end of the war. Enjoy free time for a light lunch before returning to Rome.

Rome: Private Tour of the Jewish Quarter

6. Rome: Private Tour of the Jewish Quarter

Enjoy a completely private and premium tour of the Jewish Quarter in Rome. Wander the quaint cobbled streets at your own pace, ask burning questions, and learn the history, food, and beauty of the area. Discover an ancient community rich with culture and strength. Walk through the enchanting neighborhood of the Jewish Ghetto. Meet your private guide in the heart of Rome at the bottom of the Campidoglio steps. Find ancient structures still very much in use at the Theater of Marcellus and the Portico d'Ottavia. Admire the brilliant mix of ancient and modernism in the quarter. Walk the central street lined with restaurants, bakeries, and shops, and pick a spot to come back and try some Kosher Italian food on your own later. Try some handmade Kosher gelato, treat of your guide, before continuing the tour. Next, head to Piazza Mattei and see the famous Turtle Fountain. Hear the spectacular tale of its single-day construction. Wander the cobbled streets that lead to the Great Synagogue and pass by the magnificent structure that celebrates the Jews in Rome and learn its important history. Cross the oldest bridge in Rome and arrive onto Tiber Island and learn of the Greek god Asclepius who came to Rome and landed on the island. Ask your guide for tips and suggestions for food and lifestyle in the Eternal City, and venture out on your own.

Rome: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket & Roman Ghetto Tour

7. Rome: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket & Roman Ghetto Tour

Freedom is the key! Our open-top panoramic buses allow you to enjoy a spectacular view of the most iconic monuments of the Eternal City. All you have to do is jump on board and relax, listen to the audio commentary and get on and off at any of the eight stops available along the route. The 8 stops are Termini Station, Santa Maria Maggiore, Colosseum Archaeological Area, Circus Maximus - Mouth of Truth, Piazza Venezia, Vatican City, Sistine Chapel and Castel Sant'Angelo, Spanish Steps, Piazza Barberini, and Trevi Fountain. The bus ticket included in the deal will be valid for 24 hours. The bus will make eight stops and will provide you with an onboard audio commentary in 13 languages. The combination with a guided walking tour of Rome's Ghetto makes it the ideal way to pass through much of the city centre in a day. A professional guide will be waiting for you at the meeting point, which will be located next to the indicated stop of our pink buses, to show you some stunning corners of the city. Tour of the Jewish Ghetto of Rome When you think of Rome's history and its great empire, you can't help but think that this wonderful city is the epitome of history itself. But Rome is great and generous even within itself. Of the old homes where thousands of Jews were isolated for centuries, almost nothing remains today. However, as you walk through the alleys of the ghetto, full of monuments, buildings, streets and in the eyes of some of the descendants of those who lived here in the past, you will find that inheritance still lives within them today. Visit one of Rome's most fascinating neighbourhoods with us and discover the history of one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world. Walk with our guide through the alleys of the Ghetto and discover traces of Imperial Rome such as the Theatre of Marcellus or Portico of Octavia. We will retrace the history of the Jewish people in the city of Rome, from ancient to modern times, without ever forgetting the victims of the Holocaust, of which the "stumbling stones" (concrete cubes bearing a brass plate) fixed into the floor are a tangible testimony. You will also have the chance to discover the typical recipes of traditional Jewish-Roman cuisine, such as delicious artichokes “alla giudia”, or the tart with ricotta cheese and sour cherries. During this wonderful walk, you will admire the 19th-century synagogue and end your visit with the sound of the water of the Renaissance turtle fountain in Piazza Mattei.

Civitavecchia: Air Force Museum Ticket & Transfer

8. Civitavecchia: Air Force Museum Ticket & Transfer

Start your day at Civitavecchia Harbour at approximately 845AM where your professional, English speaking driver will be to meet and greet you. Take a scenic 45 minute drive to Vigna di Valle near Bracciano lake where your tour will commence.  With your pre booked ticket you will be able to enter the Italian Airforce Museum with convenience. Take your time wandering the museum and experiencing the three hangars: the Trosted Hangar, Velo Hangar and Badoni Hangar - truly exciting places for any World War I, II and aviation enthusiasts. As part of your package take a break during the day to enjoy a bite to eat in the Museum. End your day in convenience as your driver will return you back to the Harbour. 

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As it turns out I was the only one on the tour that day but it worked out to my advantage as I had very in-depth experience. The guide was highly knowledgeable as well as funny and entertaining. I got to learn so much about the history of Rome and specifically the Jewish experience there which was very enlightening. Thank you for a great tour!

Fantastic experience, to be repeated. Thanks to the guide (unfortunately I don't remember the name :( (she was a girl from Ostia) who, very well prepared, took me through the suggestive neighborhood telling me about it in an exhaustive way.

We chose the guided walking tour of the Jewish ghetto to get to know this area of Rome better. We were very satisfied especially with the way in which our guide Paola told us and illustrated the history of the ghetto.

Very interesting tour, with lots of news, anecdotes and curiosities. Very kind and helpful guide. Very beautiful

So thorough knowledgeable pleasant and interesting! Wonderful guide!!